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About the Application

The following information is requested on the NSLI-Y 2017-18 Application Form:

Personal Information

  • Information about you, your family, and your school
  • Certification of Eligibility
  • Language Experience
    Include any languages you have studied and duration of study. If you have experience with any of the NSLI-Y languages that you list as a preference in your application, you must complete a self-assessment.
  • International Experience
    Include countries visited, duration, and reason for travel
  • Activities, Awards, and Interests
    Include information about activities, organizations, or athletics that you have participated in and awards/honors you have received

Written Portion

  • Letter to your prospective host family and language instructors
    Include a self-introduction, information about your family, friends, hobbies, etc. Consider formatting it as a letter. The letter is used as part of the evaluation process, but may also be shared with your future host family and/or language teachers.
  • Essays
    Essay topics vary year to year. Essays are used to determine your motivation for language learning and readiness to be a NSLI-Y participant.

Supplemental Documents

  • Photos of you, your family and friends
    Used to introduce you to a prospective host family (optional)
  • Parent Statement
    Used to determine motivation and readiness to be a NSLI-Y participant. Click here to download an informational document that may assist your parents/legal guardians in writing the parent statement
  • Teacher Recommendation
    Used to determine academic motivation and promise as a NSLI-Y participant.
    Click here to download an informational document that may assist teachers in writing your recommendation
  • Official Transcript
    Must include all high school courses and current GPA. Ninth graders and home school students have slightly different transcript reporting requirements; see the online application for more detail and relevant forms. Transcripts must be post-marked by the application deadline, October 27.  Official transcripts should be sent to:
    ATTN: NSLI-Y Processing (#1100G)
    American Councils for International Education
    1828 L ST NW STE 1200
    Washington, DC 20036-5136
  • Terms and Conditions
    Describes the terms and conditions of the NSLI-Y scholarship.  This document should be read thoroughly and must be signed by you and your parents/legal guardians.
    Click here to download the 2017-18 Terms and Conditions
    Applicants submit an uploaded, signed copy of the final page of the Terms and Conditions through the online application by the application deadline.   If unable to submit online, a signed copy should be mailed to:
    Send signed Terms and Conditions to:
    ATTN: NSLI-Y Processing (#1100TC)
    American Councils for International Education
    1828 L ST NW STE 1200
    Washington, DC 20036-5136

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